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Educate and
Celebrate

Get Involved in American
Pharmacists Month

We want everyone to know about the important work you do every day. So we’ve put together lots of ideas to increase awareness and appreciation for pharmacists.

Start your celebration on Tuesday, October 1 with #APhMSelfieDay

We’re kicking off APhM2019 with #APhMSelfieDay to capture great moments in the profession. Help us spread the word about APhM2019 and all you do for your patients and your communities. Pharmacists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and your patients, should snap and share staff and team photos, APhM events, photos with American Pharmacists Month swag, and pictures with your patients (with their approval, of course).

Share your photos on social media with #APhMSelfieDay (be sure to tag us)!

Bonus: Your amazing APhM selfie could appear in November’s Pharmacy Today magazine—and even win a contest! For consideration, send your name, contact info, and photo (file size in MB) to aphm@aphanet.org.

  • Community Settings

    • Schedule special health events that encourage patients with the message, “Talk to your pharmacist today.” Examples include promoting vaccinations, a flu shot clinic, or health screening day (e.g., cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis screenings).

    • Hold one or more Medication Check-Ups. Invite your patients to bring all their medications—prescription and nonprescription—to the pharmacy during a specified time, so pharmacists can examine them for expiration dates, potential drug interactions, and other medication-related problems.

    • Conduct “OTC tours” geared to the needs of specific groups—parents of young children, older adults, athletes, and others. Help each group understand how to select appropriate products for the conditions most likely to affect them. Emphasize the importance of reading product labels, knowing the active ingredients in certain medications, and consulting with the pharmacist when questions arise.

    • Provide Medicare counseling to the seniors in your community. List information about your Medicare events in the local newspaper or send the information to the local radio station. You can also provide personalized counseling in your area by contacting your local office on aging. For the telephone number, visit www.eldercare.gov.

    • Host a visit for your senator or representative. Provide your legislators with an invaluable view of the contemporary roles of pharmacists. Be sure they see a pharmacist in your facility conducting valued patient care services that warrant compensation, such as immunizations, comprehensive medication reviews, blood pressure screening, OTC counseling, and other clinical activities.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy

    •Coordinate patient care and community outreach projects such as free health screenings that offer medication check-ups or consider other community education events for area businesses and civic organizations.

    •Connect with your state pharmacy associations. Look for ways to participate and make suggestions for additional events.

    •If you work part-time in a pharmacy, help plan activities and events for American Pharmacists Month.

    •Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    •Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

    •Hold a celebratory lunch for all student pharmacists. Invite an honored local practitioner to discuss the importance of leadership and professionalism in pharmacy.

    •Encourage other student pharmacists to get involved online. Use a hashtag #APhM2019 along with photos from APhM events to be posted on APhA–ASP chapter social media accounts.

    •Reach out to local, regional, or national news outlets to cover your event and get pharmacists and student pharmacists recognized.

  • Hospital Settings

    • Visit patients in their hospital rooms. Introduce yourself and answer any questions they may have about pharmacy services or drug therapy.

    • Talk to your administrator(s). Explain the goals and the patient education benefits of American Pharmacists Month to help build a sense of teamwork within the health system.

    • Schedule an open house. Invite all hospital employees to visit the pharmacy. Conduct brief tours that showcase daily pharmacy operations and describe how medications move from the initial physician order to the patient.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Ambulatory Care Settings

    • Schedule special health events. Use this time to encourage patients with the message, “Talk to your pharmacist today.” Examples include a flu shot clinic or health screening day (e.g., cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis screenings).

    • Hold one or more medication check-ups. Invite your patients to bring all their medications—prescription and nonprescription—to the pharmacy so pharmacists can examine them for expiration dates, potential drug interactions, and other medication-related problems.

    • Arrange “curbside consultations” for patients and caregivers. Encourage them to talk with pharmacists about medication therapy issues. Hold the sessions in a conference room or other relatively private area and allot 5 to 10 minutes per person.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Long-Term Care Settings

    •Visit individual patients in their rooms and give them your full attention.

    • Schedule informational programs for residents and/or their families. Possible topics include the pharmacist’s role in medication regimen review, the 10 most common and/or hazardous drug interactions among older patients, and basic medication safety. If possible, use this opportunity to explore launching a long-term monitoring program for residents.

    • Celebrate National Women Pharmacists Day on October 12.

    • Celebrate technicians on October 15, #RxTechDay. Thank them for their support and the invaluable contributions they make to the profession.

  • Into the Community

    • Obtain a proclamation from your legislator designating October as American Pharmacists Month. Use our Proclamation Guide for tips and a sample letter.

    • Remember to engage the community at large when planning events to promote and celebrate American Pharmacists Month. It’s a natural time for pharmacists to increase their visibility and the public’s awareness of their contributions to community health. Patients of all ages can benefit from discussions and information about how to use medications safely and effectively.

    • Approach the management of a local shopping mall about sponsoring a health fair or staging an exhibit or booth at which pharmacists and student pharmacists can answer shoppers’ questions about their medications.

    • Create a medication information and education display for your local library, YMCA, or other suitable community site.

    • Promote health and wellness in your community by hosting vaccination clinics, Medication Check-Ups, and disease screening and management activities.

    • Visit elementary, middle, and high schools to talk with students about medication safety, the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and careers in pharmacy.

    • Conduct Medication Check-Up reviews or offer medication information seminars at senior citizen centers and housing complexes.

    • Give educational talks and presentations to civic, neighborhood, and church groups. Consider distributing patient education brochures and small American Pharmacists Month–themed giveaways.